Governor Chime is fit, says Ken Nnamani

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Former Senate President Ken Nnamani yesterday added a fresh dimension to the uproar generated by Enugu State Governor Sullivan Chime’s long absence. Chime is in London for medical reasons. He has been away since September 19, last year.

Nnamani said he visited Chime in London on January 17, adding that he met the governor engaging in some physical exercises.

Nnamani spoke at a reception organised in honour of newly appointed minister-designate Prof. Chinedu Nebo in Abuja .

Three governors – Godwill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers) and Gabriel Suswam (Benue) – recently visited Chime in London .

The former Senate President told the audience, including senators and other dignitaries, that he visited Chime with Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Dr. Dalhatu Sarki Talfida.

He said it was interesting that when they met Chime he was having some exercise.

Nnamani noted that contrary to reports, the Enugu State governor told them that he never went to India for treatment.

He said: “I am delighted that I am one of those who had the privilege of going to visit my governor in London on the 17th of January.

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“Incidentally, it was the day he went for his final check-up and he was told that he is in good health.

“He told me in the presence of our High Commissioner to United Kingdom , Dr. Dalhatu Sarki Talfida, that he never applied for visa to go to India , he had not been to India and had no intention of going to India .

“And the fact that he read that he went to India and something happened to him was unfortunate. That this is his passport; he never went to India .

“But the interesting thing was that when we went to see him, he was having some physical exercise and he told me that some governors would be coming to see him on Tuesday 22nd of January.

“January 21st was the inauguration of President Barack Obama. I left London on the 18th of January and I saw Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State in Washington DC on the 21st and he left on the 21st to join his colleagues in London to see him (Chime).

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“Why I am telling this story is that one of the things I think our governor has done well is his ability to nominate a first class individual who, regardless of any ministry that he finds himself – even if it is by osmosis – I’m sure he will absorb the method of politicking or doing the work.

Nnamani said he had no doubt that Nebo would distinguish himself.

“Our President will be very delighted. All Nigerians will be very impressed that we are fielding our own Ronaldo. In fact, Ronaldo Messi,” he said, adding:

“I am sure he will win honours for us; tremendous one and people will say ‘ah, where have you been all this while’.

“So, the harder the ministry, the better he will perform. Whatever ministry he is assigned to, he is flexible enough and as God will have it, he is intellectually prepared and emotionally stable enough and religiously sound.

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“You know I’m blowing my trumpet because I have one. If you have a good product, you can say things about it.

“Not that we have not had ministers from our place; we have always sent some first 11, but this is apt, as of now.

“I will like to congratulate my colleagues in the National Assembly particularly the Senate that has the constitutional role for the confirmation hearing. I’m sure he entertained the Senate in a robust manner.

“I watched the proceeding in Washington on our NTA and he was at home because one of the most difficult things, you may think you’re bright, that you know so much; when you enter that red carpet and questions start coming from left and right; if you recall during my time somebody was going through the same exercise all of a sudden, he collapsed.

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